Fantasy Football Rankings: Top 12 Kickers

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Welcome back for year two of The Draft Network’s preseason fantasy football rankings. The following is some quick background on how these rankings were determined. 

More than 40 hours of research went into the ranking process. It started by coming up with custom stat projections for more than 200 NFL players. From there I adjusted the order you’ll see below based on upside, injury risk, likelihood of reaching the projected total, etc. It’s important to keep in mind that the rankings are not simply in descending order of projected fantasy points. Finally, I placed each kicker into a tier.

All of my rankings reflect the order in which I would take players if I were drafting today in a 12-team PPR league with ESPN scoring and no bonuses. These rankings will be updated throughout the offseason, so be sure to check in with The Draft Network often to gain an edge on your league-mates.

If you have any specific questions or want to know more about what I think of certain players, hit me up on Twitter (@JaimeEisner). I’d be happy to chat with you! Also, tune in to the TDN Fantasy Podcast for in-depth audio breakdowns of these rankings and all the latest fantasy football news. 

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TIER 1


1. Justin Tucker, Baltimore Ravens

2. Harrison Butker, Kansas City Chiefs

3. Wil Lutz, New Orleans Saints

Kickers are people too and this trio is the best of the best for fantasy purposes. Tucker is as solid as they come and is a yearly lock to finish in the top four—he’s finished top-four every season since 2016. Some passing touchdown regression from Lamar Jackson should result in a few more field goal opportunities for Tucker, too.

Butker finished as last season’s No. 1 kicker and is attached to the best offense in the NFL. He’ll get plenty of opportunities to put up points and should easily extend his top-five fantasy kicker streak to a third season. Lutz, since coming into the league, has finished 7th, 6th, 3rd, and 2nd among all fantasy kickers in total fantasy points. New Orleans’ offense will be humming again, and so too with Lutz’s leg.


TIER 2


4. Greg Zuerlein, Dallas Cowboys

5. Matt Gay, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

6. Robbie Gould, San Francisco 49ers

7. Matt Prater, Detroit Lions

Zuerlein finished as the No. 1 kicker on a per-game basis in 2017 and 2018 but had a bit of a down year with the Los Angeles Rams last season. If he can return to form on a potentially elite Dallas offense, he has a shot to be the top kicker again. Gay finished as the No. 4 kicker last season and should be primed for another top-five finish as Tampa Bay’s offense continues to thrive with Tom Brady as its new starting quarterback. Gould has finished each of the last two seasons in the top eight on a per-game basis. When he’s on the field, he’ll produce. Prater was a top-five kicker when Matthew Stafford went down last season. Don’t hold his average second-half of 2019 against him. 


TIER 3


8. Zane Gonzalez, Arizona Cardinals

9. Younghoe Koo, Atlanta Falcons

10. Brandon McManus, Denver Broncos

11. Mason Crosby, Green Bay Packers

12. Joey Slye, Carolina Panthers

The final players of the K1 class land here. Gonzalez was the No. 5 kicker last season and No. 8 in average points per game. His volume should remain steady on a high-powered Cardinals offense that only got better in the offseason. Koo was the best kicker in fantasy on a per-game basis when he was active last season. He probably won’t be that good again, but he’s attached to a high-powered offense.

McManus finished as the K9 last season and the offense in Denver has improved with the additions of Melvin Gordon, Jerry Jeudy, and KJ Hamler. Crosby will be 36 by the time Week 1 kicks off, but he continues to be productive. He’s finished as a K1 in each of the past two seasons. Slye rounds out the top 12 with his big leg. He cracked the top 10 in his first NFL season, and the Panthers may be settling for a lot of first-half field goals in 2020.


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Written By:

Jaime Eisner

Managing Editor

Managing Editor of The Draft Network. He’s a former editor for Sports Illustrated, FanRag Sports and Arizona Sports. He’s the co-host of the TDN Fantasy Podcast and has an extensive background covering fantasy sports and sports betting.

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